Nancy Pelosi suggested that the reason substantive immigration reform hasn't been passed in Congress is because Republican members are racist. The GOP claims that they are committed to immigration reform, but have cited the President's record on enforcing current laws as the reason change hasn't been enacted.
Nancy Pelosi's comment came during her weekly press conference Thursday. One reporter asked her about Attorney General Eric Holder, who had said that he and President Barack Obama are treated differently than those who came before them because of their African-American heritage.
"I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill," the House Democratic Leader responded. "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it was just you, this would be easy.'" more >>
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has argued that illegal immigrants are not committing a felony, but are breaking the law as an act of love and commitment to family.
"It's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family," Bush said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
"I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families," he added. more >>
WASHINGTON — Immigration reform is unlikely to get passed this year in the U.S. House, Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) told The Christian Post this week. He also spoke about his efforts to combat human trafficking.
"I don't anticipate taking up anything on immigration before we get to the [November] election," Lankford said.
Last year, the House Judiciary Committee developed four bills addressing immigration. Then in January, House Republican leaders released a document Standards for Immigration Reform that included a path to legal status for current unauthorized immigrants. more >>
A group from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee will walk along the Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday to remember the deaths of migrants in the U.S. desert and to pray for immigration reform.
The gathering aims to create awareness of the suffering caused by a broken immigration system and will conclude with a mass to honor 6,000 people who have died attempting to cross the border since 1998.
"What we fail to remember in this (immigration) debate is the human aspect of immigration, that immigration is primarily about human beings, not economic or social issues," Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Committee on migration, said in a statement. "Those who have died, and those deported each day, have the same value and innate God-given dignity as all persons, yet we ignore their suffering and their deaths." more >>
Elvira Arellano, an undocumented Mexican woman who crossed into the United States Tuesday, is asking the government for asylum on humanitarian grounds after she was deported in 2007.
Arellano led a group of deported young adults – who are from Mexico and Central America but were raised in the U.S.– across the border and into San Diego as part of an effort organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Despite the repercussions of re-entering the country illegally, they intend to protest against deportations and U.S. immigration laws.
"I am requesting asylum in the U.S. on humanitarian grounds, because I am a defender of human rights in Mexico and I have received kidnapping and violence threats," Arellano said, according to The Associated Press. "But more importantly, because they have separated my son for his chance to have a good upbringing." more >>
House Republicans have been debating whether they should pass immigration reform this year or wait until later. Either choice contains benefits and risks. Here are the pros and cons of delaying immigration reform.
Obama may not enforce it anyway. more >>